15 Jan

If you believe in human rights, civil rights, service to community, giving back to those who gave to you— unconditional love, peace, logic, reason, respect and equality— than YOU should be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

In 1964, ML King Jr. became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (for his work as a peacemaker, promoting nonviolence and equal treatment for different races).

Dr. King often called for PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY in fostering world peace.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA. His father was also a Reverend.

He went to Morehouse College at the age of fifteen— he skipped his ninth and twelfth years in high school.

King graduated from Morehouse in 1948 with a B.A. in sociology and enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, PA.

He began his doctoral studies on Systematic Theology in 1951 at Boston University and received his Ph.D. in 1955.

In 1953, at the age of twenty-four, King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL.

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to comply with the Jim Crow laws that required her to give up her seat to a white man. The Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by King, soon followed. The boycott lasted for 382 days, the situation becoming so tense that King’s house was bombed. King was arrested during this campaign, which ended with a US Supreme Court decision outlawing racial segregation on all public transport.

King was an adherent of the philosophies of nonviolent civil disobedience used successfully in India by Mahatma Gandhi and he applied the philosophy to protests organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

King recognized that organized, nonviolent protest against the system of southern segregation known as Jim Crow laws would lead to extensive media coverage of the struggle for black equality and voting rights. Journalistic accounts and televised footage of the daily deprivation and indignities suffered by southern blacks, and of segregationist violence and harassment of civil rights workers and marchers, produced a wave of public opinion that made the Civil Rights Movement the single most important issue in American politics in the early 1960s.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

MLK Jr. Day is the only United States federal holiday commemorating an African American and one of only four to commemorate an individual person.

It was founded as a holiday promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations.

President Ronald Reagan was opposed to the holiday. He relented in his opposition only after Congress passed the King Day Bill with an overwhelming, veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of Representatives and 78 to 22 in the Senate).

6 million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, termed by a 2006 “Nation” article as “…the largest petition in favor of an issue in US history.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.

On January 17, 2000, for the first time, Martin Luther King Day was officially observed in all 50 U.S. states.

I do! I dream of a time when RESPECT is more than a word— it’s an ACTION— RESPECT for Women, Men, Animals, the Earth, the Heavens and Hell below. Respect IT and IT will respect YOU!!!

It’s on the surface AND a hidden agenda. Think about Katrina.


  1. Bill BRasky January 15, 2007 at 3:57 pm #

    Very nice tribute.

    Lets be aware that some want to proclaim February 6 Ronald Reagan Day. Governors keep doing it. This must be stopped at all cost. Sorry Ronnie, but it is payback time.

    And with some backward folks the debate over whether there should be an MLK day rages on.

  2. Ushi January 15, 2007 at 9:48 pm #

    and one more thing. If there happens to be an MLK Day sale at Neimans, Macy’s, Nordstroms, etc. Just bypass it. If you celebrate MLK Day by going to the mall and getting those Seven Jeans for 30% off then I think you need to re-evaluate your shopping habits. I bring your attention to Cabot, AS. They celebrated a Civil War veteran today. Now, you look up your history on that one. But I have to say that is their right, but does it mean it is RIGHT? There are other cities that don’t celebrate as well. I will leave with one thought: Jimmy Carter may not have been viewed as a great president but when all is said, he is a great man.

  3. Ushi January 15, 2007 at 9:53 pm #

    I have to set the record straight and don’t want to offend the American Somoa’s with AS, I actually meant AR as in Arkansas.

  4. dogonablog January 15, 2007 at 10:06 pm #

    Pawsome points!!!! I can’t believe this about Cabot, I’m going to find out about this RIGHT NOW!!!!

  5. maureen January 16, 2007 at 2:07 am #

    Thanks for the important recognition, Stitch. If only all the world saw the importance that a little French Bulldog from AZ sees! Bark-outs to all the social engineers that have made POSITIVE changes to our society…!

  6. Lexi January 16, 2007 at 11:06 pm #

    thanks stitch for the facts

  7. dogonablog January 16, 2007 at 11:47 pm #

    bettcha didn’t know all those facts did you… do they still kids in school why they have off to celebrate MLK Day.. just wondering if ANYBODY knows…

  8. ames January 17, 2007 at 2:25 am #

    stitch, you remind of mcgruff…full of knowledge!

  9. gary February 16, 2007 at 4:35 pm #


  10. gary February 16, 2007 at 4:37 pm #

    ml king is avery nice guyi would like to see ml king jr befour
    he did

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